Lady Chiefs start title-retention bid with a dominant win
Mark Escarlote on Nov 30, 2015 04:34 PM
Arellano University's Angelica Macabalitao pounds an attack over the defense of former team Letran.
Arellano University charged at the start of its title-retention bid on a high note Monday.
The Lady Chiefs drew strength from old reliable CJ Rosario as it overpowered the Letran Lady Knights, 25-18, 25-12, 25-19, in the 91st NCAA women's volleyball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City.
The power-spiking Rosario unloaded 17 hits, 16 of which came off kills, for Arellano.
"It's a nice way to start the season but it's just the first game, there's more to be done," said Lady Chiefs coach Obet Javier.
Dana Henson chipped in 11 points, team captain Rialen Sante and Jovielyn Grace Prado had nine markers each while Shirley Salamagos finished with eight for the Lady Chiefs.
In other results, last year’s runner up San Sebastian Lady Stags breezed past the University of Perpetual Help Lady Altas, 25-21, 25-23, 26-24, while the Emilio Aguinaldo College Lady Generals survived a gritty San Beda side, 23-25, 25-23, 25-21, 20-25, 15-9, to open their respective campaigns.
Reigning Most Valuable Player Grethcel Soltones fired all but one of her total 16 points off kills to lead the Lady Stags, who are trying to reclaim the title they last held five years ago.
Skipper Yvonne Reyes scored 17 while Mikee Ella De Jesus got 11 markers for the Lady Generals.
Nieza Viray had 20 points while Satriani Espiritu and Iris Domingo chipped in 12 each in a losing effort for the Lionesses, who are on a 10-game losing slump after a listless run last season.
Jamela Suyat and Ma. Lourdes Clemente finished with 12 and 11 markers for the Lady Altas, who lost the title last year after falling short in the semifinals.
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